Happy trails to you! National Trails Day is June 1st

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail


National Trails Day on Saturday June 1st provides numerous opportunities to hike, run, and horseback ride on a trail near you. If you enjoy the wild possibilities that trails offer, you may also consider volunteering on this day to help keep trails open.

Hit the trail - and perhaps help out

Events will be held across the nation, hosted by various recreation groups, parks, cities and individuals.

Projects will also be organized in these National Parks:

  • California's Yosemite National Park
  • Virginia's Shenandoah National Park
  • Alaska's Denali National Park
  • Florida's Everglades National Park
  • Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This year, the Wilderness Society's Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) will be working with our partner Tennessee Wild to do a volunteer project on the John Muir Trail. Those who live in this area are welcome to join us!

To remember the magic that trails present, watch the video below, a teaser for "Yosemite HD II" produced by The Muir Project and Project Yosemite:


National Scenic Trails

Did you know that dedicated lovers of wild lands can take credit for largely maintaining the country's precious National Trails? Many of these paths traverse through wilderness areas, which contribute immensely to the adventurer's journey.

Click on the National Park Service's National Trails Map below to see the locations of these trails:

The Appalachian Trail, which was spearheaded by Wilderness Society co-founder Benton MacKaye, is the prime example of this passion. It takes thousands of volunteers each year to keep it functioning as one of America's finest outdoor experiences.

The infographic below, courtesy of REI, highlights some of America's finest trails protected for public recreation: